SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Veterans were honored at the White River conference on Saturday, June 26, just weeks before the next “Ozarks Honor Flight” set to take off.
However, there was no local theft last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which is why this year is very special.
“This is the highest honor the French bestow on Allied soldiers,” said Jack Hamlin, recipient of the French Legion of Honor.
For Jack Hamlin, saving soldiers and young boys on D-Day is something he will never forget.
“We saved 1,486 soldiers and 1 nurse,” Hamlen said. “She was a British nurse.
Hamlin returned seven times to Normandy and was honored on each return.
“So I went to England and had dinner with the Queen of England,” Hamlin said.
Seeing veterans recognized is more than history.
“It never gets old,” said Mike Totten, Ozarks Honor Flight coordinator.
“We knew what we were doing and we got the job done,” Hamlen said.
Now the job is to go back on the story by taking veterans to DC
“All of the money for these flights comes directly from donors, volunteers and people who donate these items for auction,” Totten said.
An unforgettable flight.
“Really, I was honored,” Hamlin said. ” I have been very lucky.
The first Ozarks Honor flight of 2021 is scheduled to take off on August 24. Totten said they are monitoring the coronavirus to make sure everyone can fly safely. This year’s second Ozarks Honor Flight will take place on October 26.